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Elections 2018: Dayton Voices On Trump, Economy, Politics

The Oregon Historic District neighborhood in Dayton
Jason Reynolds
The Oregon Historic District neighborhood in Dayton

Early voting is underway across Ohio for the Tuesday, November 6 elections. With the midterms approaching, WYSO producers have been talking to would-be voters around the Miami Valley. Today, we hear from some Daytonians in the city's Oregon District about what’s on their minds this election season.

Dayton woman: I’m horrified by the current administration. The immigration policy, I think, is terrifying. The ethics, the lack thereof, nepotism, a  lot of things are terrifying.

Dayton Man: Everything with that president.

Dayton woman: Dealing with the enemy: Saudi and Putin and all that. I would call that real scary.

WYSO: What worries you about the political climate in America today?

Dayton man: Democrats. We’re just getting them weeded out, we don’t want them having a majority vote back in the House.

Dayton man: It’s all crazy, it's all crazy. I’m not a Trump fan at all, but he’s getting stuff done, it’s weird. I see people working. I’ve been talking to people, and it’s like, you can go get a job here, you can go get a job there. We’ve got a good economy. There’s jobs. I don’t like him as a person. But it’s like, he’s doing stuff.

Dayton woman: I think the scariest thing is using emotion to make decisions, if you get really super upset about something. I always like to look at both sides of the story.

Dayton man: I see a conflict between peoples, and I think Americans are big enough to reconcile the conflict.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.
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